Posts Tagged ‘England’

Virtual Field Trips to Stone Ruins including Stonehenge

July 18th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 18, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stone Pages

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

Many people know about one of the most famous of stone ruins called Stonehenge in England. However, there are hundreds of stone ruins throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including standing stones (like Stonehenge) and many of them are much older than Stonehenge. They document early man’s habitats, customs, rituals, defense, observance of cycles in nature like the seasons, and much more.

Today’s website offers the most amazing compilation of information on stone ruins in the U.K. and Europe. When you get to the site you can click on the following destinations to open new website pages devoted to these ruins:

  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Italy

You can take virtual tours of these remarkable historic sites through photographs and text – and in some cases through quick time movies. You will be astounded by the sheer number of these ruins, and what archaeologists have been able to piece together about early humans from them.

You can take virtual tours of:

  • stone forts
  • stone settlements
  • stone circles
  • standing stones
  • tombs
  • burial chambers
  • and many other formations

Allow plenty of time on your first visit to this site to get your bearings. You’ll want to bookmark it to visit each country and the many ruins offered for virtual tours.

Virtual Tour of Old Sturbridge Village, MA

November 15th, 2013

Hi! It’s Friday, November 15, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Old Sturbridge Village

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Take a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home.  When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

*Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.   

*Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.   

*Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.      

*Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.   

*Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.   

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.

Jamestown Online History Adventure!

August 29th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 29, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Jamestown Online Adventure

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website offers a free, fun, interactive game that teaches about early American colonial history (circa 1600) and the Jamestown settlement.

When you get to the site, just click on “Start the Adventure” to begin the game in which YOU, as the captain of 105 adventurers from England, get to make the decisions about:

  • Where to land in the New World
  • What kind of settlement to build
  • How to interact with the native inhabitants
  • What crops to plant
  • What activities and work to do
  • How to accumulate wealth to repay your sponsors
  • And other choices that will impact your overall survival.

According to the website, in reality, almost half of the original settlers of Jamestown died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, exposure to disease, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. Can you do any better than the real colonists?

The game provides advice from colonists and Native Americans that will inform your choices. After you’ve made your decisions, you’ll get a printable report on the state of your colony. Compare it with the historical Jamestown colony to determine if your decisions were better than theirs. Then, learn from the mistakes, and play again to see if you can have a more successful outcome.

This one is fun for the whole family!

 

History of Early Britsh Kingdoms!

August 22nd, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, August 22, 2013, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Early British Kingdoms

Age Range: 5-18 (Approximately, with parental guidance.)

This website provides the history of the rise of Celtic nations and kingdoms (in what is now England and Scotland) after the end of the Roman occupation in the Dark Ages. It’s divided into two parts:

1) The main site is for older students about ages 11 and up (grades 6-12) and beyond. Use the link above to access the main site.

2) There is also a section especially for kids ages 5-10 (grades K-5) that you can access through an alternate link that is posted below.

When you get to the main site you’ll see a menu of topics including:

*Kingdoms – Learn the history and timeline of the early kingdoms and explore maps of the territories they occupied.

*Arthur – A terrific account of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the many engaging legends.

*Archaeology – See the ruins of ancient castles, abbeys, and churches and virtually examine artifacts.

*Saints – Read the biographies of Celtic saints, and learn about their gifts and sacrifices.

*Adversaries – Learn about ancient warring Celtic tribes.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to explore the topic in depth through text, illustrations, and pictures.

As mentioned above, just for youngsters, the site offers a Kids Page here:

Early British Kingdoms for Kids   

Fun, cartoon art illustrates the answers to questions about:

  • The Dark Ages
  • Why the Romans left Britain
  • Britons, Saxons, Scots, and Picts
  • King Arthur, the Sword in the Stone, and Arthurian legend
  • Other Famous Kings
  • Minstrels
  • Saints, Monks & Nuns
  • Life in Farms, Villages, and Towns
  • Christianity and Pagans
  • Runes
  • Weapons
  • Treasures

And much more! You’ll even find printable coloring pages!

 

London Science Museum Online!

August 13th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (There is more content here for older elementary through high school grades. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website is an online version of the Science Museum in London, England. When you get to the site you’ll see some featured exhibits that you can explore. Use the vertical menu on the left side of the page to view the different science SUBJECTS offered including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transport
  • Current Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Everyday Things
  • Medicine & Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs of exhibit pieces.

You can also use the vertical menu to explore:

*People – Read the biographies of men and women who have advanced science, technology, engineering, and medicine throughout human history.

*Museum Objects – Discover science artifacts of yesteryear.

*Games – Access an arcade of online games that improve science literacy.

*Science News from Antenna – Listen to broadcasts about the latest science innovations.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never be able to experience the volume of content here in just one visit. 

 

Online Science Museum with Games!

June 18th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Science Museum

Age Range: 9-18+ (About grades 4-12. Younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects of the site with parental guidance. AS ALWAYS, preview the topics to determine suitability of content.)

This website, sponsored by the Science Museum in London, England, provides all kinds of fun and fascinating exhibits that allow you to explore many science topics including:

  • Physics and Math
  • Space
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Medicine and Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Communications and Computing

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of online exhibits presented with interesting text and photographs to help you learn about:  

  • the human brain
  • steam
  • atomic clocks
  • Marie Curie
  • mass consumption
  • Ada Lovelace – the world’s 1st computer programmer
  • aviation
  • genes
  • the human life cycle
  • the inventor of the gas mask and the 3-way traffic signal
  • and much, much more!

When you’re through exploring the various “Subjects” use the menu  to explore:

  • People – Read the biographies of science personalities.
  • Museum Objects – See an archive of common and unusual things that science made possible.
  • Games – A fun array of interactive games that teach about science as they entertain.

Bookmark this site because you’ll never see the volume of content here in just one visit. 

 

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